Acupuncture is a Chinese medical practice. In this practice, definite parts of the anatomy, associated with peripheral nerves, are pierced with fine needles. The purpose is to eliminate pain. There are many patients of hypothyroidism who have found relief by adopting the use of the acupuncture treatment, in addition to other alternative therapy.
Hypothyroidism is a situation in which the thyroid gland does not generate enough thyroid hormone. The thyroid is a gland in front of the windpipe and just below the voice box. It is responsible for producing, storing and releasing thyroid hormones.
Acupuncture has conventionally been applied in China to treat most illnesses effectively. It is certain that acupuncture is an effectual therapy for this condition. There are several studies suggesting that acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine are helpful in the cure of hypothyroidism.
The kidney is the organ that has to be treated. Treatment involves long-term acupuncture and herbal medicine. They believe that the functional disorder is the result of a weakened immune system or the ‘Western’ medication administered.
There are different symptoms exhibited by the patients of both hypo as well as hyper thyroidism. It is observed that there are low levels of TSH in the blood stream, in case of secondary hypothyroidism and very high levels of TSH in primary hypothyroidism. The onset of hypothyroidism is detectable only through a biochemical analysis of the levels of thyroxine in blood. The typical western treatment involves life-long hormonal replacement therapy, with synthetic hormones or animal protomorphogens. In the case of oriental medicine, the treatment involves long-term acupuncture and use of herbal medicine.
Herbal medicines and acupuncture have been found to play an important role in the successful treatment of hypothyroidism.